On America Live, Megyn Kelly hosted a discussion about Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s supposedly questionable claim of Cherokee heritage - which was maybe then used by Harvard as an example of diversity hiring. It was a Fox News twofer: bash a Democratic candidate and affirmative action all in one segment. Fox News Democrat, Jehmu Greene, was obviously upset at conservative Tucker Carlson’s repeated suggestions that Warren only got her job because of some kind of fraudulent attempt at diversity. Greene said that kind of attack will “appeal to folks like you, voters like you, bow-tying white boys.” Uh-oh.
After the segment, which aired Thursday (5/3/12), Kelly apologized to her viewers, saying that Greene had called Carlson “an inappropriate name” and that that “was not consistent with our standards.”
So I’m wondering two things. First, whether Greene has not become a bit fed up with Fox’s faux controversies and that her anger just slipped out. She made it clear that she thought this particular controversy was ginned up. She seemed similarly impatient not too long ago when she defended attacks on Senator Barbara Boxer for saying that “self-respecting human being(s)” should vote for President Obama, and "for the men who care about women, do the same thing.” And she certainly was not pleased the night Bill O’Reilly suggested that she, like other African Americans, had been brainwashed into voting Democratic because of entitlements.
The other thing I’m wondering is what, if any, actions Fox News will take against her.
Frankly, I’m of two minds. On the one hand, Greene is a pretty strong, unapologetic voice for Democrats and there’s never enough of those on Fox. But on the other hand, she’s constrained by the fact of being on their payroll. Regular readers know that I am adamant (to the point of fanatic) that Democrats and liberals should go on Fox and confront their tactics. I’m much less keen about their being on the Fox News payroll because the moment they do, one hand is tied behind their back.
It will be interesting to see what happens on both Fox’s and Greene’s part.
Video available at Mediaite.
Seriously though, I question the motive behind Megyn Kellyâs apology.
First of all, it was Carlson was accused of anything egregious like being a racist.
Secondly, Carlson is a big boy with his own megaphone who can fend for himself. I am sure Ms. Kelly knows she didnât need to apologize on his behalf.
So why did she apologize?
She did not want to incur the wrath of the rabid Daily Caller supporters and the hate mail she would receive for not defending their hero.
She wanted to pander to the Fox News viewers (i,e,, conservative older white males in the deep south), so that she could continue to be perceived as being on their side when it comes to the racial divide.